My career started in the early 1990’s when I was introduced to a medium that enabled me to translate my ideas into three-dimensional objects. That media was steel. The permanency and reliability of the material fascinated me as well as it’s organic nature and sustainability. I opened my own studio and began teaching myself the art of metal fabrication to further explore the meaning of sculpture. I discovered what a powerful art form sculpture was. A three dimensional object asks the observer for a deeper understanding about what they are looking at. I became interested in creating objects that sparked imagination, provoked individual thought, and provided an idea of looking at things in a positive nature. My engineering background gave way to exploring kinetic movement in my work as a fourth-dimension; enabling my sculpture added depth and engaging the viewer. I found that adding this kinetic movement generated a connection betwen the natural environment and the sculpture itself. Relying on wind and light as energy sources, art took on a direct relationship with the site and it’s surroundings. It also provided another dimension to accentuate balance and composition while creating a sense of calm and wonder.
I came to the realization that my work was attracting a wide audience, irrelevant of age or background. In an effort to create a more subconscious connection between my work and the viewer, I began studying sacred geometry and natural order. I found that many of my designs had harmonious frequency to them. My work further evolved to concentrate upon these fundamentals. I began taking objects found in nature and dissecting them into numerical sequences. These numerical sequences were then charted to show the harmonious relationship of all natural things. Then I explored the manipulation of these sequences to create new objects while keeping harmony intact. This method of designing sculpture results in a unique connection between the work and the viewer.
Fundamentally, being involved at every level of design and fabrication has been important to me from the beginning. Fabricating my own work enables it to be a direct representation of me. It focuses my attention to adhere to a high level of detail and craftsmanship. I enjoy the hands on approach of working with metal. It enables me to have a deeper connection with each piece I create, providing me with a true feeling of accomplishment.
Creating sculpture for public places allows me to provide positive inspiration for people, while existing as a unique individual that lives in endless possibilities. Working with the public to create art that reflects their community is another element that provides great satisfaction. I have successfully completed projects for public art programs, corporate collections, and private clientele. I have experience working in all phases of project development and installation; interfacing with architects, engineers, and project managers to ensure a successful outcome. I look forward to expanding my knowledge and continuing to create sculpture in public settings that will provide positive inspiration.Download Troy Pillow's printable statement.
For over a decade, Pillow has been creating contemporary stainless steel sculptures in unique designs that capture attention and engage the imagination.
Troy’s sculptures interpret nature’s genius, a balance of complex function and simplistic beauty. Inspired by organic forms and sacred geometry, his pieces are multi-layered and deconstructed. The underlying mathematical language can be broken down into numerical sequences that, when charted, create symbols that echo their surroundings and streamline harmoniously into human consciousness.
Pillow incorporates metals and glass into his sculptures – materials taken from the earth – and refines them into elegant curves, giving the feeling of movement in their static rest. His pieces create a union of ease between modern design and nature, blending fluidity with their environment and elements. The feeling is heightened by kinetic factors that accentuate the shared effects of the environment, as both sculpture and viewer react to the same force.
Troy lives and works in Seattle owning and operating a studio since 1995. He studied Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado, but his work primarily developed through experimentation and instinct.
Over the past few years, Troy has been involved with several large scale projects working with private developers as well as public art programs. His knowledge base on designing, engineering, and fabrication of the large scale projects is enabling him to have more opportunities throughout the country.
Pillow has enjoyed working with a wide spectrum of clients including government public art programs, private developers, and individuals. In creating site specific sculptures, he has served beside engineers, architects, project managers, and groups in all phases of construction. He utilizes computer design programs that interface with industry standards. This allows him to communicate clearly and continuously through the conceptual state to the coordination of installation.Download Troy Pillow's printable biography.
(Troy Pillow featured in The Santa Fean Magazine, August/September 2015) The elegant and sometimes whimsical metal and glass sculptures created by Troy Pillow in his Seattle studio grace the grounds of Pippin Contemporary on Canyon Road. Read More.